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Belarus receives final batch of six Mi-8MTV-5 multirole helicopters

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Belarus
 
 
Belarus receives final batch of six Mi-8MTV-5 multirole helicopters
 
The second batch of six Mil Mi-8MTV-5 multirole helicopters supplied by the Russian Helicopters Corporation has been shipped to Belarusian air base Machulishchi near the capital city of Minsk, according to the Belarusian Defense Ministry.
     
Belarus receives inal batch of six Mi 8MTV 5 multirole helicopters 640 001One of the six Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters recenlty handed over to Belarus
(Credit: Belarus MoD)
     
"The helicopters, which landed at the Machulishchi airfield, are the second batch under the contract for 12 Mi-8MTV-5 military helicopters, awarded to the Russian Helicopters Corporation during the Army 2015 International Military-Technical Forum," the press release says.

Minsk said the contract executed in a timely manner "is a good example of the close military-technical cooperation between Belarus and Russia in the interest of the military security of the Union State and the implementation of joint decisions pertinent to the operation of and improvement in the Belarusian-Russian Combined Regional Air Defense System."

The Belarusian Defense Ministry noted that the Mi-8MTV-5s carried up-to-date flight, navigation and radio communication suites, special night-vision equipment and a parachuteless landing system, enabling them to accomplish both tactical and cargo carriage missions. In order to increase the internal volume of the type, the fuselage has been upgraded heavily and the number of seats has grown by one-third, enabling the aircraft to air-land 35 troops or carry 12 casualties accompanied by medics.

"The fielding of six advanced aircraft more will facilitate the combat training of helicopter crews and boost the ability of the air base to defend the airspace of the Republic of Belarus," the Belarusian Defense Ministry said, adding that the flying and ground crews had completed the conversion course in Russia.

The first six machines were delivered to Belarus in November 2016.
     
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